Rural Libraries Initiative

Contact: State Library Project Monitor Susan Hanks

The California State Library's Rural and Tribal Libraries Initiative is an LSTA funded project that directs additional resources to the state's geographically isolated public and tribal libraries. The Rural and Tribal Library Initiative assists the State Library in addressing its own mission, which is: "For all people of the state, free and convenient access to all library resources and services that might enrich their lives, regardless of where they live or of the tax base of their local government." (CA Ed. Code Sec 19701)

Based on a strategic plan for services that is updated regularly, the Initiative continues to address the most critical needs identified by California rural and tribal libraries. We attempt to overcome great travel distances as well as severe weather and terrain issues that often impact the ability of remote libraries to participate in training, meetings, and networking opportunities.

Please visit the project Facebook page for more information.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Rural Libraries AV Collection Development - Open Until 7/12/18 – NOW CLOSED

Contact: Carolyn Brooks

The California State Library provides grant funds and services to rural California public libraries. Rural library jurisdictions are eligible to apply for this opportunity to obtain physical resources to update and expand their audio-visual library collections.

The funding is limited and only designated Rural Libraries may apply (see link below for full list).

This is a streamlined funding opportunity and should require a minimum of library staff time.

The library will not need to handle any funds directly.


This opportunity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis but we do expect to fund most, if not all, applicants.

Participation will be by jurisdiction. Only designated Rural Library jurisdictions are eligible.

To participate, the library director or designee must first complete this application form – NOW CLOSED.

Terms and procedures:

  • This opportunity is for rural public libraries only, and is offered at the jurisdictional level. Individual branches should not apply.
  • Funding is $3,000 per eligible jurisdiction.
  • Participating libraries will receive their funding from this project directly into an account at Midwest Tapes.
  • Libraries may use these funds to cover minor vendor materials processing costs.
  • All materials must be received by the ordering library no later than September 21, 2018. No backorders past that date will be allowed.
  • Each library must submit materials list, delivery packing lists, and information form by end of day, September 28, 2018:

    Libraries will not pay vendor for their materials, as billing and payment will be handled entirely by the funding agent.